PlayWorks is an opportunity for Georgia Thespians to see their original scripts workshopped with professionals. Various selections of submitted dramatic literature will be chosen to participate in a staged reading with an audience feedback session. In addition, complete plays selected will have the option to submit their work to International Thespian Conference.
Any current Thespian is eligible to submit to PlayWorks.
Students may submit a monologue, single scene, one act, or full-length play to participate in Georgia Thespian Conference PlayWorks. However, to be considered for International Thespian Festival a submission must be a full play.
Plays can be about any subject. It must be the original work of a single individual; no collaborative works or adaptations from other media will be considered. Musicals cannot be considered, nor can plays that include copyrighted music or lyrics. In order to be considered for International Thespian Conference, plays must have a running time of about ten to thirty minutes (approximately 10-30 typed pages). You may, if you wish, submit more than one play.
Teachers and Thespians are welcome to utilize the Playwriting Unit Plan as a tool to get started writing. This unit plan coordinates with the Georgia Performance Standards for Fine Arts Education. The unit is designed for new and emerging playwrights to build the skills that are essential for creating successful plays. It is comprised of writing exercises and smaller projects that culminate in the writing of a one act play suitable for admission to PlayWorks.
Submission Guidelines and Final Deadline
Play scripts must be typed and emailed to PlayWorks@gathespians.org by the Super Deadline (December 4, 2017). Early submissions are encouraged. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or PDF attachments are accepted file formats.
PlayWorks Event at Conference
A selection from chosen works will be presented for script-in-hand readings at Conference on Saturday. The playwright and actors will collaborate with the guest artist to bring the text to life. Student playwrights will observe the readings and participate in a guided talk-back with the guest artists. The reading and talk-back process may be attended by a Thespian Conference audience.
Your work is protected by copyright from the moment it is created. As the writer, you own the play and have exclusive control of the rights to produce, publish, and adapt it. By submitting your script to the Georgia Thespian PlayWorks program, you are agreeing to allow Georgia Thespians to mount a staged reading of your play and the possibility to have your play performed at the following year’s conference. All other rights remain the exclusive property of the playwright.